The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds

Julie Zickefoose (Author)

Product Details

$28.00  $25.76
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
March 20, 2012
8.38 X 1.12 X 8.22 inches | 2.51 pounds
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About the Author

JULIE ZICKEFOOSE began illustrating natural history as a college freshman in 1976. Since then, her writing has been featured in Bird Watcher's Digest, on NPR's All Things Considered, and in her book of illustrated essays Letters from Eden.


"We've been knocked to our knees by the delightful illustrated essay collection... you don't have to care all that much about birds to get sucked into [Zickefoose's] dreamy illustrated stories of bluebirds and phoebes, titmice and ospreys. In delicate, subtle strokes of the pen and brush, she reveals a lifetime of backyard friendships--moments spent observing a bluebird couple or listening to the calls of scarlet tanagers....Zickefoose has spent a lifetime observing this particular corner of the domestic-wild world, and she did not escape these experience without gaining both wisdom and humor--about mates, about our obligation to help others or set them free, about loss and about thankfulness."'s Book of the Week

Library Journal's BEST BOOKS OF 2012: Science & Technology

2013 Ohioana Book Award, nonfiction

"Birders will appreciate her meticulous observations and devotion to the avian world, but anyone who's ever considered hanging a birdfeeder is likely to be mesmerized by the sensuous, precise prose as well as Zickefoose's vivid portraits of scrawny, fluffy phoebe chicks, a self-possessed hummingbird perched on a clothesline, dwarfed by the surrounding clothespins, and orioles migrating by moonlight. Readers will be astounded by the drama and intelligence fluttering in their backyards." --Publishers Weekly"a wonderful amalgam of nature writing and memoir...This lovely book is one to savor slowly, admiring both writing and artistry." --Booklist, starred review

"Beguiling stories from a naturalist's life with backyard birds....Describing her songbirds with a delicacy of words and brush strokes, Zickefoose makes learning about birds seem like the adventure of a lifetime. A wonderful treat for birders." --Kirkus

"The Bluebird Effect" is a terrific read and a feast for the eyes. Buy! Buy! Buy!" --The Charleston Gazette

"insightful essays and lovely illustrations...[Zickefoose has] drawn sketches and painted vivid pictures with words, letting us see much more about those not-so-common lives outside our windows." --Seattle Times